The thing is, we'd seen all these interesting things come to pass. I should mention here that the company is based out of Texas, with half a dozen offices in different TX locations. Scott felt very inspired to apply for his P.E. (professional engineering license) in Texas, which was odd, because he shouldn't have been able to get it for another year, at least not in Utah. But lo and behold, Texas is a state with loopholes, and we'd never have known about them had he not been prompted to look for them. So he became a TX professional engineer. That's kinda a big deal. He also had the most powerful company man in Utah in his corner, which we thought meant more than it apparently did.
In some ways, it's been a devastating blow. The way it struck both of us seemingly out-of-nowhere (I guess you could call us foolish optimists?) left us in a state of shock for a few days. And completely overwhelmed, as we determined we had no hope for getting medicaid or food stamps due to our 401k.
|Merry Christmas! We have no income!|
And after getting over the embarrassment and shock, I've been filled with a bit more understanding about paths, Heavenly Father's great love for us, and what really matters.
On a good day, my routine is: scriptures, journal, then prayer. Shortly after this happened, I got all the way up to prayer and was still feeling pretty bitter. And I start my prayer, and I'm listing off how bad everything is, and how much we need a job, and very clearly I could just feel the Lord saying, "Mickelle, you are not forsaken. You have money. You just have to spend it," and he made it all sound so simple. Because it was.
So, living off our nest-egg isn't exactly the stuff of dreams. But I've learned that what matters is that I am in God's hands. Which is a much safer place to be than in the government's hands, so I guess they can keep their stinkin' prenatal medicaid. I've learned it's not important that my neighbors notice or care what kind of job we have, and also that I get to choose how much stress I feel. The Lord has asked (commanded?) me to lay my burdens at his feet and yolk myself to him. I find when I give him my burdens, trusting him to take care of me, I have so much more energy to continue with cheer. And on really good days, I can even lighten others' burdens despite my own.